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How is trigeminal neuralgia diagnosed?
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Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery
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In brief: Clinical exam
Trigeminal neuralgia is a condition where sharp, electrical pain affects the face along one or more of the three branches of the trigeminal nerve.
There is typical and atypical types of trigeminal neuralgia. Your neurosurgeon or neurologist should be able to examine you and make a diagnosis. Brain MRI scans are usually done to make sure there are no tumors or ms.

In brief: Clinical exam
Trigeminal neuralgia is a condition where sharp, electrical pain affects the face along one or more of the three branches of the trigeminal nerve.
There is typical and atypical types of trigeminal neuralgia. Your neurosurgeon or neurologist should be able to examine you and make a diagnosis. Brain MRI scans are usually done to make sure there are no tumors or ms.
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Dr. Tung Nguyen
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: History and exam
Other conditions like a tooth ache, muscle pain, and tumors must be ruled out.
Then it is diagnosed with a history, examination, and sometimes local anesthetic.

In brief: History and exam
Other conditions like a tooth ache, muscle pain, and tumors must be ruled out.
Then it is diagnosed with a history, examination, and sometimes local anesthetic.
Dr. John Van der Werff
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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology
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In brief: Clinical Diagnosis
By an expert, based on the patient's history and description of pain.
There are several types of tn; most typical is sharp, shooting, electrical stabbing pain on one side of the face in the distribution of one or more branches of the trigeminal nerve. Diagnostic studies, such as brain mri, do not make the diagnosis, but help to search for a cause.

In brief: Clinical Diagnosis
By an expert, based on the patient's history and description of pain.
There are several types of tn; most typical is sharp, shooting, electrical stabbing pain on one side of the face in the distribution of one or more branches of the trigeminal nerve. Diagnostic studies, such as brain mri, do not make the diagnosis, but help to search for a cause.
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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